The Odd Sea

The Odd Sea

Book - 1998
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Houghton
A teenage boy is missing. His younger brother searches for him and in the process finds himself. A “haunting first novel that takes a horrifying family calamity and turns it into a form of magic” (New York Times Book Review).


Baker & Taylor
In a debut novel, Philip Shumway describes the disappearance of his older teenage brother, Ethan, and the struggle of each member of his family to deal with the loss and find solace in family love. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

Harcourt Publishing
A teenage boy is missing. His younger brother searches for him and in the process finds himself. A “haunting first novel that takes a horrifying family calamity and turns it into a form of magic” (New York Times Book Review).


Blackwell North Amer
It's a sunny, late spring morning when sixteen-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down his driveway, turns the bend, and vanishes without a trace. A gifted athlete and musician, he leaves a wake of family and friends desperately searching for him and trying to make sense of what has happened. But it is through the eyes of Philip, Ethan's younger brother, that the story of The Odd Sea unfolds.
It is Philip who will turn your heart: smart, funny, emotionally wise yet somewhat lost as he grapples with what his family calls the Odd Sea - the unfathomable place where people and things go when they disappear. Philip wandering around "not-finding" Ethan, smelling his insomniac mother's midnight baking, watching his father fall apart and put himself back together. Philip seeking out Ethan's girlfriend, Melissa, Philip confronting Victoria, Ethan's equivocal and sexually radiant mentor. Philip observing the world with a savvy that will break your heart and with a level of feeling that is almost irresistible.

Baker
& Taylor

Philip Shumway describes the disappearance of his older teenage brother, Ethan, and the struggle of each member of his family to deal with the loss and find solance in family love

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780151003600
0151003602
Branch Call Number: REI
Characteristics: 201 p. ; 22 cm.

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This book made me feel sad, hopeful, pensive, angry, and ultimately somehow contented with the ending (I think). The story line centers around a family and community mourning the disappearance of high schooler Ethan- son, brother, friend, lover. Told from the perspective of Ethan's younger brother, Phillip, we watch as those who knew him grow and try to come to terms with his disappearance. Also- I appreciated all the spot-on references to rural Massachusetts, where the book is set.

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